Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Closed Gate, No Fence

This is one set of gates on University Blvd. entering the Partlow Developmental Center.
Opened in 1922, it was the state's first institution serving persons with mental retardation.
When I was a child, there was an imposing fence that lined the perimeter, keeping the residents inside. The fence came down after Wyatt vs. Stickney reformed the mental health systems in the state and nation. Now, many adults with developmental disabilities who would have formerly been institionalized, live in group homes and work in the community.

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